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rivers, and mountains. This is a branch of science on which all other travellers are so very prolix, that my deficiency will appear the more glaring. With what pleasure, for instance, do some read of a traveller in Egypt, measuring a fallen column with his cane, and finding it exactly five feet nine inches long; of his creeping through the mouth of a catacomb, and coming out by a different hole from that he entered; of his stealing the finger of an antique statue, in spite of the janizary that watched him; or his adding anew conjecture to the hundred and fourteen conjectures already published, upon the names of Osiris and Isis.
Methinks I hear some of my friends in China demanding a similar account of London and the adjacent villages; and if I remain here much longer, it is probable I may gratify their curiosity. I intend, when run dry on other topics, to take a serious survey of the city-wall; to describe that beautiful building the mansion-house; I will enumerate the magnificent squares, in which the nobility chiefly reside, and the royal palaces appointed for the reception of the English monarch ; nor will I forget the beauties of Shoe-lane, in which I myself have resided since my arrival. You shall find me no way inferior to many of my brother travellers in the arts of description. At present, however, as a specimen of this way of writing, I send you a few hasty remarks, collected in a late journey I made to Kentish Town, and this in the manner of modern voyagers.
Having heard much of Kentish Town, I conceived a strong desire to see that celebrated place. • I could have wished indeed to satisfy my curiosity • without going thither; but that was impracticable, * and therefore resolved to go. Travellers have two • methods of going to Kentish Town; they take
coach which costs nine pence, or they may go a • foot which costs nothing; in my opinion, a coach
is by far the most eligibleconvenience, but I was re• solved to go on foot, having considered with myself, * that going in that manner would be the cheapest way.
• As you set out from Dog-house bar, you enter upon a fine level road railed in on both sides, com• manding on the right a small prospect of groves, ' and fields, enamelled with flowers, which would s wonderfully charm the sense of smelling, were it not
for a dunghill on the left, which mixes its effluvia ' with their odours: this dunghill is of much greater 'antiquity than the road; and I must not omit a piece of injustice I was going to commit upon this occasion. My indignation was levelled against the ma• kers of the dunghill for having brought it so near * the road; whereas it should have fallen upon
the • makers of the roail for having brought that su near • the dangbill.
• After proceeding in this manner for some time, a building, resembling somewhat a triumphal arch, salutes the traveller's view. This structure how.everis peculiar to this country, and vulgarly called • a turnpike gate : I could perceive a long inscrip• tion in large characters on the front, probably upon *the occasion of some triumph, but being in haste • I left it to be made out by some subsequent adven'turer who may happen to travel this way; so continuing my course to the west, I soon arrived at an unwalled town called Islington.
Islington is a pretty neat town, mostly built of • brick, with a church and bells : it has a small lake, • or rather pond in the midst; though at present • very much neglected. I am told it is dry in sum
mer; if this be the case, it can be no very pro* per receptacle for fish, of which the inhabitants themselves seem sensible, by bringing all that is eaten there from London.
• After having surveyed the curiosities of this fair 6 and beautiful town I proceeded forward, leaving a • fajr stone building called the White Conduit House
on my right : here the inhabitants of London often "assemble to celebrate a feast of hot rolls and butter; • seeing such numbers, each with their little tables before them, employed on this occasion, must no doubt be a very amusing sight to the looker on, but still more so to those who perform in the solemnity.
•From hence I parted with reluctance to Pancras, • as it is written, or Pancridge as it is pronounced ; • but which should be both pronounced and written • Pangrace: this emendation I will venture meo • arbitrio : Ilæv in the Greek language signifies all, • which added to the English word grace, maketh 'all grace, or Pangrace; and indeed this is a very
proper appellation to a place of so much sanctity 'as Pangrace is universally esteemed. However
this be, if you except the parish church and its . fine bells, there is little in Pangrace worth the attention of the curious observer.
• From Pangrace to Kentish Town is an easy • journey of one mile and a quarter : the road lies • through a fine champain country, well watered with beautiful drains, and enamelled with flowers of all kinds, which might contribute to charm ' every sense, where it not that the odoriferous • gales, are often more impregnated with dust than . per-sume.
* As you enter Kentish Town, the eye is at onne * presented with the shops of artificers, such as “venders of candles, small-coal, and hair-brooms; “there are also several angust buildings of red brick
, • with numberless sign-posts, or rather pillars
, in a peculiar order of architecture; I send ing of several, vide A. B. C. Tbis pretty town
probably borrows its name from its vicinity to * the county of Kent; and indeed it is not unnatural * that it should, as there are only London and • the adjacent villages that lie between them. Be • this as it will, perceiving night approach I made a
hasty repast on roasted mutton, and a certain dried • fruit called potatoes, resolving to protract my re* marks upon my return : and this I would very will
ingly have done ; but was prevented by a circumstance which in truth I had for some time foreseen, • for night coming on, it was impossible to take a
proper survey of the country, as I was obliged to • return home in the dark.'
LET TER CXXII.
TO THE SAME.
AFTER a variety of disappointments, my wishes are at length fully satisfied. My
My son so long expected is arrived; at once, by his presence banishing my anxiety, and opening a new scene of unexpected pleasure. His improvements in mind and person have far surpassed even the sanguine expectations of a father. I left him a boy, but he is returned a man: pleasing in his person, hardened by travel, and polished by adversity. His disappointment in love, however, had infused an air of melancholy into his conversation, which seemed at intervals to interrupt our mutual satisfaction. I expected that this could find a cure only from time; but fortune, as if willing to load us with her favours, has in a moment repaid every uneasiness with rapture.
Two days after his arrival, the man in black, with bis beautiful niece, came to congratulate us upon
this pleasing occasion; but, guess our surprize
, when my friend's lovely kinswoman was found to be the very captive my son had rescued from Persia, and who had been wrecked on the Wolga, and was carried by the Russian peasants to the port of Archangel. Were I to hold the pen of a novelist, I might be prolix in describing their feelings, at so unexpected an interview; but you may conceive their joy, without my assistance; words were unable to express their transports, then how can words describe it?
When two young persons are sincerely enamoured of each other, nothing can give me such pleasure as seeing them married: whether I know the parties or not, I am happy at thus binding one link more in the universal chain. Nature has, in some measure, formed me for a match-maker, and given me a soul to sympathize with every mode of human felicity. I instantly therefore consulted the man in black, whether we might not crown their mutual wishes by marriage; his soul seems formed of similar materials with mine, he instantly gave his consent, and the next day was appointed forthe solemnization of their nuptials.
All the acquaintance, which I had made since my arrival, were present at this gay solemnity. The little beau was constituted master of the ceremonies, and his wife Mrs. Tibbs conducted the entertainment with proper decorum. The man in black and the pawnbroker's widow were very sprightly and tender upon this occasion. The widow was dressed up under the direction of Mrs. Tibbs; and as for her lover, his face was set off by the assistance of a pig-tail wig, which was lent by the little beau, to fit him for making love with proper formality. The whole company easily perceived, tbat it would be a double wedding before all was over, and indeed my friend and the widow seemed to make no secret of